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Keeping Your Sleeping Baby Safe

Keeping your baby safe while sleeping is very important. Healthy infants can die if they are in an unsafe sleep environment. Help your baby to sleep safely by following these steps for every sleep time. 

  • Place your baby to sleep on his or her back for sleep, including all naps and at night.
  • Use safety approved crib with a firm crib mattress covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the sleep area. The crib should be free of toys, pillows, loose blankets and bumpers to prevent suffocation or entrapment.
  • Infants should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you or anyone else. Infants are safest in in their own crib, bassinette or portable crib.
  • Keep your baby’s crib or bassinet in the same room where you sleep. Room-sharing is recommended, not bed-sharing.
  • Devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep. Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Do not allow anyone to smoke around your baby.
  • Do not allow infants to get too hot. Over-bundling and covering the face should be avoided.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Follow healthcare provider guidelines for regular vaccines and health checkups.
  • Tell everyone who cares for your baby to use these safe sleep steps.

Keep Sleep Safe For Your Baby

Learn more about safe sleeping positions and environments for your baby from the Baby Safe Sleep Coalition.

Learn more about the Baby Safe Sleep Coalition
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National Certified Gold Sleep Champion

Rochester General Hospital has achieved the highest certification level of Gold Safe Sleep Champion through their commitment to reduce infant sleep-related deaths by establishing a hospital infant safe sleep policy, modeling infant sleep through their hospital, and partnering with Cribs for Kids.
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